Guide to eBooks
What is an eBook?
EBooks, short for “electronic books”, are books with text and images in digital form, that are read on computers or other devices, including smartphones and eReaders.
Getting Started with eBooks
Does the library have eBooks I can download (i.e. transfer to a computer or device), and, if so, where can I find them?
Yes, the library provides access to eBooks through the library’s website . Look for the Download eBooks & Audiobooks button in the bottom left corner. This will connect you to the Ohio eBook Project website.
Are all of the books that are currently at the library also available as eBooks?
No. The Ohio eBook Project provides access to thousands of eBook titles, but not every book in the library is also available as an eBook title.
What do I need to download the library’s eBooks?
- A valid library card
- A computer (see the Supported eBook Devices page on the Ohio eBook Project website)
- Internet access
- An e-mail address
- Free software for your computer (available through the Ohio eBook Project website - click on My Help for detailed instructions)
- An eBook reader, such as a Kindle or Nook (this is optional - most eBooks can be downloaded on your computer if you do not have an eReader)
Can I download eBooks using library computers?
No. EBooks cannot be downloaded using library computers due to software issues, but they can be downloaded from home or in the library using your own computer.
What is an eReader?
An eReader is a portable electronic device used to read books in digital form (eBooks).
What eReader devices work with the library's eBooks?
There is an ever-growing list of supported devices. For the most current information, visit the Supported eBook Devices page on the Ohio eBook Project website.
What types of eBooks does the library offer?
There are 3 types of eBooks available: Adobe PDF, Adobe EPUB, and Kindle Books. Kindle Books are only available for the Kindle. Adobe EPUB eBooks are available for all eReaders, excluding the Kindle. Adobe PDF eBooks are avaialbel for all eReaders except Kindle, Andriod, Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, iPad2, iPod Touch, and Windows Phone 7.
Does the library have eReaders I can borrow?
No. The library does not lend eReaders at this time.
Using the Ohio eBook Project Website
1. From the front page, click on the Sign In link at the top.
2. Choose Clark County Public Library from the menu.
3. Type in your 14-digit library card number (located under the barcode on your card) and your password (PIN). NOTE: If you do not have a password, please contact the Reference Desk at (937) 328-6903.
Once you’re signed in, you will see a My Digital Account page.
I tried to sign in to the Ohio eBook Project website, but I received a sign in error stating “Patron has blocks.” What should I do?
Your library card may be blocked due to an address check. You will need to visit one of our library locations and update your library card information. You must bring your card with you to have it updated. Once updated, your card will be valid for one year, and you will be able to sign in to the Ohio eBook Project website.
How do I get the library’s eBooks on my computer? *
2. Download the free Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software & create an Adobe ID.
3. Select one or more eBooks for download (up to 10 titles at one time).
4. Check out and download your eBook(s) following the instructions and prompts on the site.
How do I get the library’s eBooks on my eReader? *
This depends on what type of eReader you have. If you have a Kindle or Kindle reading app, you will primarily use the Amazon.com website to download the eBook to you Kindle (no extra software required). If you have an Andriod-based tablet or phone, Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, iPad 2, or iPod Touch, you will use the Overdrive Media Console (see the My Help! page to download this software). For all other types of eReaders, such as the Nook or Sony Reader, you will use Adobe Digital Editions (see the My Help! page to download this software).
Basic instructions fr Adobe Digital Editions:
1. Once you’ve downloaded the eBook onto your computer (see above), plug your eReader into the computer.
2. Once your eReader appears on ADE’s bookshelves, click and drag the book cover to the eReader shelf.
3. Drop the book onto the eReader’s shelf within ADE. A copy of the eBook should appear on your eRreader.
4. Unplug your eReader from the computer in order to read the eBook. NOTE: If you are using the Barnes & Noble Nook eReader, all eBooks from the Ohio eBook Project will appear on your My Documents screen.
Borrowing Policies for eBooks
How long do I get to keep the library’s eBooks once I have checked them out?
You may choose between a 7-day or 14-day loan period. You may download the ebook multiple times during this period.
How many eBooks can I check out at one time?
You may check out up to 10 titles at a time.
Can I renew the ebooks I have checked out?
EBook titles cannot be renewed, but you can check them out again if they are available when the checkout period ends.
How can I tell if an eBook is already checked out?
You’ll see the link Join the waiting list next to the title. Click on this link, and you’ll be put on the waiting list.
How many eBooks can I place on the waiting list at the same time?
You can place up to 10 titles on hold at a time.
How will I be notified if an eBook I am waiting on is available?
You will receive an e-mail message letting you know that the eBook is available, along with instructions on how to download the eBook. You will have 3 days from the date of the message to download the eBook before it is released to the next patron waiting.
How do I return my eBook to the library?
You do not have to return an eBook at all. When your loan period is over, the eBook file will no longer work. You then can delete the file.
I replaced my library card and now I don't see my checkouts/holds on my eBook account? What should I do?
To transfer your existing checkouts and holds to your new card, please send a message to email@example.com
, and include the following information: your new library card number, your previous library card number, and your email address.
Additional Help and Resources
How can I compare/find reviews on eReaders?
Devices Compatible with Library Downloadable Content
Where can I find more eBooks for free?
Amazon Free eBook Collection - free classics and out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books, as well as limited time free promotional eBooks available for Kindle
If I have additional questions about eBooks, who should I contact?
You may contact the library’s IT Department at firstname.lastname@example.org , or call the Information & Reference Desk at 937-328-6903.
Overdrive Digital Books Tour
Use the Overdrive Digital Books Tour to learn how to browse, check-out, and download digital books and more from our library virtual branch website.